Everyday I stumble across another South African movie. Today I was flipping through an animation magazine and discovered that a 3-D CG-animated movie is being made of the old South African classic, “Jock of the Bushveld”! (Just to digress – word in Cannes is that 3-D movies are here for keeps. Argh! Can’t bear the heavy glasses. I wonder if anyone bothered asking movie-audiences how we felt about this trend. It failed decades ago. Hope it gets phased out again!)
Anyway – I’m still excited about the “Jock of the Bushveld” animated feature (although would prefer it in 2D). This will be SA’s first 3-D CG-animated feature and will include some brilliant music from Sir Tim Rice (who was involved in “The Lion King”), Craig Hinds, Alan Meken and Johnny Clegg.
Talking Clegg, we’ve got this crazy wonderful black French guy at the corner supermarche (supermarket) who tells us he’s a different singer each day: Michael Jackson, James Brown…and each time he bursts into one of their songs. Well today he asked where we were from. Afrique du Sud. “Oh,” he said excitedly, “my brother’s from there”. Really? “Yes, Johnny Clegg. He’s my brother,” he said proudly, and started singing Impi…
Rest of today was fab. A great press conference with the producers and stars of “Raavan”, a new Indian movie that’s being released worldwide. A wander around some of the huge luxury yachts that are moored here. And cocktails at the Majestic bar. It’s plush, it’s beautiful, a G&T costs over 15 Euros, and it’s where many of the stars hang out, although tonight we only spotted Harvey Weinstein and a bunch of botoxed blondes (peroxide of course) whose distorted fat lips look like they could suction easily onto a car window, if nothing else.